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Advanced Player Splits Now Available

Posted by Mike on September 25, 2014

We've added advanced splits to our existing player splits pages, breaking down passing, rushing, and receiving performances by down, distance, score differential, quarter, and more, for every year from 1998 to 2014. Did you know that..

Note that you can always slice & dice the play-by-play data to your heart's content using our play finder tool, and we're also working on adding further splits, such as playing surface, weather, point spread, and more. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments below.

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Target Data Added to PFR’s Fantasy Pages

Posted by Mike Lynch on September 22, 2014

Just a quick note that we have added target data back to 1998 on our Fantasy pages. For instance, you can now see that Jordy Nelson leads all players with 37 targets thus far this season. This data is now live for 2014 and will be populating the pages for 1998-2013 soon. Hope everyone finds this info useful when they're setting their weekly lineups.

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Added Targets to Player and Team Pages

Posted by Mike on September 17, 2014

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We've added pass target data to player pages and team pages since 1998 - see the 'Tgt' column under 'Receiving'. And if you mouse over the targets number, it will show you the player's catch percentage, defined as his number of receptions/number of targets.

This target data is derived from the play-by-play data that's used to populate our play finder tool, so when you see something in a box score like "Jay Cutler pass incomplete short left intended for Brandon Marshall", we are counting that as a target for Marshall as determined by the official scorer's judgement.

Look for these to be added to the player season finder and player game finder tools soon. And if you're curious, the most-targeted player in our DB is Marvin Harrison in 2002 with a whopping 205 targets, which might explain why he was able to set the single season receptions record that year.

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Current Gamelogs Added to Player Pages

Posted by Mike on September 15, 2014

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To help provide more insight into a player's current year performance, we've added a box with the current year's gamelogs to the top of every active player page highlighting this year's game lines. This box also lists his bye week, the next 3 opponents, and his per-game averages against each opponent at a glance, so you can to see Joe Flacco's career gamelogs vs. the Browns, for example. This box also has quick links to all career gamelogs, penalties, splits and more, for all your gameday number-crunching needs.

We've also added the ability to filter by team on each player game log page - just change the team in the select box above the table and you can break down career numbers vs. only that team (for example, Tom Brady vs. the Dolphins).

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The Relationship Between Winning and Ticket Prices in College Football

Posted by TiqIQ Staff on September 12, 2014

By Dan Pizzuta

There's not many things in sports that can increase ticket prices on the secondary market like successful on-field performance. Generally the best teams have the highest ticket prices. However, early in the season some of the price points are still based on preseason expectations and on-field performance has not yet led to shifts in the market. That's especially true early in the college football season on the secondary market.

TiqIQ tracks the most average prices by school on the secondary market during the college football season with the TiqIQ Top 25. Of the schools with the 25 most expensive average prices, 12 are also currently in the Top 25 of SRS after two weeks of the season.

Through two games, the closest match between SRS and secondary market prices is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are ranked as the top team with a SRS of 56.99. Notre Dame football tickets are also the third most expensive on the secondary market with a $215 average price for 2014 home games. The University of Georgia is close to Notre Dame, ranking fourth in SRS and second on the secondary market as UGA football tickets have an average price of $219. The biggest disagreement between the two is Ohio State. Ohio State football tickets are the most expensive in the country with a $252 average price. Ohio State's average is 15 percent above the next school, however, they come in just 55th in SRS, 7.43 points above average.

Four of the top ten schools in SRS do not appear in the 25 most expensive schools on the secondary market. Of those four, only Michigan football tickets are the closest to cracking the Top 25. The Wolverines currently have the 26th highest average price in the country at $120. Home games on the Michigan football schedule are typically more expensive, but both high profile rivalry games against Notre Dame and Ohio State were scheduled on the road this season.

When it comes to average prices on the secondary market, there's not much of a difference between top offensive and defensive schools. Both eight of the top 25 schools in defensive and offensive SRS appear on the TiqIQ Top 25. The best defensive schools have a bit of an edge when the it comes to being top five units. Four of the top defensive teams in the TiqIQ Top 25 are in the top five in Defensive SRS. However only two of the eight offensive teams on the secondary market are top five in Offensive SRS--Georgia and Auburn.

Of the 25 most expensive schools on the secondary market, Auburn football tickets might be the best deal. The Tigers rank 14th on the TiqIQ Top 25 and third in SRS. They are only top secondary market school that rank in the top 25 in SRS for both offense and defense. For that type of balance, the $149 average price at Jordan Hare Stadium could be considered a steal.

 

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Span of Games Searches Enhanced in Play Index Game Finders

Posted by Mike Lynch on September 12, 2014

Just a quick post to announce that we've rolled out an enhancement to the Play Index Game Finders (comprised of Player Batting, Playing Pitching, Team Batting & Team Pitching Game Finders).

Previously, subscribers could customize their searches by a team's first "x" games. Now, you can also select a player's first "x" career games or a span of career games from "x" to "y." Additionally, team games can also be searched using any span from "x" to "y" within a season.

If the above made little sense, here's a few concrete examples of searches that can now be completed:

We hope you enjoy these new tools as much as we do. If you're not already a subscriber, but are interested in the Play Index, you can subscribe here for less than a dime per day.

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Postseason Success Criteria Added to Play Index Split Finder

Posted by Mike Lynch on September 11, 2014

As we enter the final weeks of the MLB regular season, we've made a small (but useful) addition to the Play Index Team Batting & Team Pitching Split Finders. You can now refine your searches to include only non-playoff teams, playoff teams, division winners, Pennant winners or World Series winners.

With this feature, you can now find:

The above represents just a small fraction of what this new search is capable of doing. We encourage current Play Index subscribers to play around with this feature and share any interesting information.

If you're not a Play Index subscriber, but are interested in generating this sort of information, please read more about the Play Index or subscribe.

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College Football Logos Added

Posted by Mike on September 11, 2014

Thanks to Chris Creamer and his wonderful site SportsLogos.net, we've added current logos to all 2014 school pages, as well as a new top 25 listing in the left column on the college football front page. Clicking the link below the logo on the school page will take you to the SportsLogos.net historical logos page for that team, where you can see historical logos, helmets, lettering, and more.

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The Real Problem with Baseball’s Defensive Stats

Posted by admin on September 8, 2014

After reading Jeff Passan's article about WAR and his view of its failings, I got a little hot under the collar and intemperate in my discussion of the issue on twitter.

The defensive metrics are constantly critiqued. I agree that there may be issues with the defensive stats, but my issues aren't the ones brought up by the critics. I believe that the metrics do a decent job of measuring the percent of time a particular ball with a particular hang time has been caught in the past. All you need for that is a stopwatch and a way to mark the play's location on the field. Sure there may be biases in this, but there are biases in who batters and pitchers face or even what umpire they appear against. So this isn't the biggest issue with fielding stats.

It's also true that fielding stats don't correlate quite as strongly year to year as the batting stats do (see chart after break), but there is also a lot more variability in opportunity for fielders than for batters (and more variability in batting stats than people perceive). A batter is going to get 3-6 PA's per game every game. The distribution of balls hit to fielders is much more random. But even this isn't the big issue with fielding stats.

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Introducing the College Basketball Team Game Finder

Posted by David Corby on September 4, 2014

 

I'm excited to announce the Team Game Finder as a long overdue addition to our college hoops site. This is a sibling of the very popular feature on our NBA site.

We have complete box scores going back to 2010-11 which power the game finder. You can select any criteria among a school's box score statistics, its opponent's, or the difference, as well as other important characteristics such as home/away, overtime games, regular season vs. the NCAA Tournament, and so on.

The search options allow you to span seasons, count matching instances and match against cumulative criteria, for one season or many.

We hope you find this useful and please let us know if you have any suggestions or find any bugs.

 

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